This year as a whole church we created and agreed to a Relational Covenant. This is a document designed to help us walk forward together even when conflict arises, it answers the question,
How do we walk hand in hand even when we don't see eye to eye?
As people of Bethel Covenant Church we acknowledge that conflict is a normal and natural part of life. Therefore in an effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3) we choose to...
Respect and honor one another, the pastoral staff, and the lay leaders, by building each other up instead of tearing down. (1 Thessalonians 5:11-15)
Communicate by speaking the truth in love, listening with compassion, and seeking to understand, while striving to maintain the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3,15, James 1:19)
Offer Grace and Forgiveness by, as much as possible, living in peace with one another, seeking forgiveness when we sin, and extending forgiveness to others who sin against us. (Ephesians 4:32, Romans 12:18)
Show Love by investing in one another by actively showing love of Christ and committing to being inconvenienced for the sake of the gospel. (Philippians 2:5-11, John 13:34-35)
Pursue unity in Christ through prayer, the reading of God’s word, and the leading of the Holy Spirit, laying aside preferences, and choosing to walk hand in hand even when we don’t see eye to eye. (Colossians 3:14-15, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19, 24)